Friday Links 07-12-14

From the Web

Networking with Giants – Another great article by Tim Ferriss about how to connect with superstar mentors.

80/20 Mistakes – Errors I’ve seen people make when trying to use the 80/20 Rule. After my popular article on unusual 80/20 Rule uses, I felt the rule needed some clarification

25 Articles for Students – A great resource full of studying/productivity/lifehack articles.

From the Archives

Myth: Organization is the Key to Productivity – This is an article I wrote before Cal’s great entry, The Art of the Finish. Both aim to break away from the myth that being super-organized, carrying lists and writing to-do lists is the same as getting projects accomplished. Often the biggest achievers can live in near chaos, simply because they know how to motivate themselves to churn out work.

From the Shelf

1984 – After going through a heavily self-help/non-fiction period a few years back, I’ve been trying to read more of the classics in literature. Literature makes a large part of the unconscious philosophy in society, so in order to understand society I think it is important to understand the written works that helped shape it. I’m halfway through this famous novel by George Orwell.

  • Jean Browman–Cheerful Monk

    I read 1984 when I was in high school, and it had a big effect on me. But given how many people don’t mind the Patriot Act and the erosion of civil liberties, I’m not convinced the book is having that much of an effect on our current society. Don’t you think more people are influenced by TV? That’s not to say you shouldn’t read the classics!

  • Christian Tietze

    I finished reading 1984 just thursday. I didn’t understand why it was so famous (besides being one of the rather rare dystopias) until reaching the point where Winston gets the book. I’m with Jean: some topics of 1984 are actually not out of question today. The aptriot act is just one example. It’s worth another read in a few years, I think.

  • Scott Young


    I just finished the book earlier today. It’s a fantastic read, although somewhat depressing.


  • Nathan Ketdever

    Thanks for the Tim Ferris link. Interesting! My three big takeaways:

    >>With “textbook execution of the Tim Ferriss Technique,” as he put it, Marrinan was able to strike up a bond with Komisar. In his initial e-mail, he talked about reading one of Komisar’s Harvard Business Review articles and feeling inspired to ask him, “When were you happiest in your life?”

    >>“I believe that success can be measured in the number of uncomfortable conversations you’re willing to have. I felt that if I could help students overcome the fear rejection with cold-calling and cold e-mail, it would serve them forever,” Ferriss said.

    >>“I participate in this contest every day,” said Ferriss. “I do what I always do: find a personal e-mail if possible, often through their little-known personal blogs, send a two- to three-paragraph e-mail which explains that you are familiar with their work, and ask one simple-to-answer but thought-provoking question in that e-mail related to their work or life philosophies. The goal is to start a dialogue so they take the time to answer future e-mails – not to ask for help. That can only come after at least three or four genuine e-mail exchanges.”

    Thanks again. Great content! Look forward to becoming a regular reader.